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August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

August 4, 2016

By Carter Salis

GAO Report Confirms DOE has Failed to Protect Whistleblowers



Black and White historic photo of the Hanford North Reactor from 1960. At a press conference earlier this month, Senators Markey, McCaskill, and Wyden commented on a new GAO report that details the ineffectiveness of whistleblower protections for contractor employees, and DOE’s infrequent use of its enforcement authority.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources

August 4, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Watchdog Launches Criminal Investigation into Gold King Mine Spill



Colorado Animas River Toxic Mine Spill The EPA Office of Inspector General launched a criminal investigation into the Animas River toxic spill from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. The investigation was announced nearly a year after the spill.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

June 20, 2016

By Mia Steinle

Oil, Gas, and Coal Law is Long Overdue Victory for Taxpayers



Coal Mine For the first time in decades, the federal government has majorly overhauled the way it determines how much money taxpayers receive from oil, gas, and coal extracted from federal lands.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

June 6, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Erin Brockovich Takes Stand for Water Dept. Transparency



Flint Michigan Water Tower Environmental advocate Erin Brockovich urges public to demand transparency from water management agencies on local and state levels. Her rallying message follows the Flint Water Crisis and an investigation by The Guardian.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources, Public Health and Science

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